That Time We Visited Joshua Tree National Park During The Pandemic

Last week we went to Joshua Tree National Park, the closest National Park to our home. It took us only 2,5 hours drive, even shorter that it would take us to drive to my in-laws house! 😉 We’ve booked an AirBnb a while back and just so it happened, there was a heatwave warning during the weekend we planned to go! We could’ve cancelled but didn’t want to deal with the hassle, so we still ended up going anyway…

To be completely honest, Joshua Tree was not my favorite National Park. When it comes to nature, I am more drawn to trees than rocks. But we were so desperately wanted to be out and get fresh air, so we went.

Well, the weather forecast was right. It was super hot that weekend. We couldn’t even stay outdoors for long, without feeling exhausted and dehydrated. So we ended up staying mostly indoors, enjoying the comfort our our little AirBnb. I didn’t take pictures, but here’s a link to it if you’re interested in visiting the area. I really recommend the place!

We did manage to go out to the park a little bit before sunset, took a couple of pictures before going back inside 😛 Oh well, at least we got to relax in the AirBnb, although the initial idea was to be outside! Haha

Since we stayed so close to the National Park, we were able to go back and forth the park. After dinner at our place, we went out again to do some stargazing (no pictures because my phone camera couldn’t do justice to the pretty sky).. went back home to sleep a bit before waking up super early to catch the sunrise.

The sunrise was amazing, one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen in my life!

The sunrise itself made me glad that we still went to Joshua Tree, despite the heatwave.

So if you are thinking of going to Joshua Tree anytime soon, be mindful of the heat, keep yourself hydrated, and also plan ahead because the Visitor Center is still closed due to COVID-19. I personally think that camping/nature excursions there is not ideal during this time, especially if you are inexperienced like me. But, I would say that renting an AirBnb within the area might be a good idea to relax and have a little getaway from the city.

Anyway, how’s your travel plan during the Pandemic look like? Whatever your plan is, stay safe and don’t forget your mask! 🙂

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